‘Scarlet Pimpernel’ onstage this week at STHS
South Tahoe High School’s musical production “The Scarlet Pimpernel” will take the stage at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday at the STHS Theater.
The show is appropriate for ages 8 and older. Admission is $10 general and $5 for students and senior citizens. Tickets will be available at the door 30 minutes before showtime.
The production, based on the story by Baroness Orczy, mixes music, drama and comedic adventure with historical fact. It is set in France in the time after the French Revolution, known as the “Reign of Terror.” The story focuses on the adventures of an English nobleman, Sir Percival Blakeney (portrayed by Ethan Niven), and his aristocratic friends.
Blakeney leads the men in forming a secret society who, through a combination of courage and daring, engage in rescuing their French counterparts from the guillotine. Blakeney takes the nickname of The Scarlet Pimpernel from the flower of the same name, with which he signs his messages. No one except Blakeney’s men and the Prince of Wales (portrayed by Jason Buck) knows the Pimpernel’s true identity.
The musical is directed by Liz Niven, head of the drama department at the high school. She has directed more than 40 plays and musicals for both the high school and children’s theater.
The pit orchestra is under the direction of Liz King, the new music teacher at the high school. King comes to the South Shore from the Redding area, where she taught for seven years in addition to playing in the Straight Ahead Big Band and the Shasta Symphony.
Drake Niven constructed the set.